Do the principles contained in the
testimonies Ellen White wrote to specific people about specific incidences
still apply to us today?
at this from a biblical standpoint, Paul said to Timothy, “Study to show
thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not
to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word
of truth.” II Timothy 2:15. [Emphasis added.] The Spirit of Prophecy is part of “the word
are testimonies and prophecies in Ellen White’s writings that may not directly
apply to you or to me personally, such as the testimony where Ellen White said
that ladies as well as men should learn how to harness a horse. (Education, 216, 217.)
She was stating the practical truth for her time. Statements she made about bicycles and horses
may well apply to automobiles and tractors today. From a practical standpoint, we can see that
our religion needs to be applied in all our everyday activities.
truths must be brought into little things.
Practical religion is to be carried into the lowly duties of daily
life. The greatest qualification for any
man is to obey implicitly the word of the Lord.” Christ’s
Object Lessons, 359.
are blessed in having the instruction from the Spirit of Prophecy as a guide in
our daily living. We may follow the
principles given in these inspired writings in our business transactions, our
health questions, our family discipline, our worship, our preparation for
eternal life, and our social life. God
has been very gracious to give us divine instruction on many things. These instructions are not rigid rules, but
helpful guidelines to give us happiness while we are occupying this earth.
following quotations from Ellen White’s writings are cautions we do well to
is Satan’s plan to weaken the faith of God’s people in the Testimonies. Next follows
skepticism in regard to the vital points of our faith, the pillars of our
position, then doubt as to the Holy Scriptures, and then the downward march to
perdition. When the Testimonies, which were once believed, are doubted and given up,
Satan knows the deceived ones will not stop at this; and he redoubles his
efforts till he launches them into open rebellion, which becomes incurable and
ends in destruction.” Testimonies, vol. 4, 211.
the testing time shall come, those who have made God’s word their rule of life
will be revealed.
In summer there is no noticeable difference between evergreens and other
trees; but when the blasts of winter come, the
evergreens remain unchanged, while other trees are stripped of their
foliage. So the falsehearted professor
may not now be distinguished from the real Christian, but the time is just upon
us when the difference will be apparent.
Let opposition arise, let bigotry and intolerance again bear sway, let
persecution be kindled, and the halfhearted and hypocritical will waver and
yield the faith; but the true Christian will stand firm as a rock, his faith
stronger, his hope brighter, than in days of prosperity.” The Great Controversy, 602.
is coming to take us home. May God bless
you as you make your calling and election sure.
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